Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence

Claire M. Renzetti , Ph.D.



Biographical Sketch

CLAIRE M. RENZETTI received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University of Delaware . Her teaching and research specialties are the sociology of gender; violence in intimate relationships; sociology of law and criminology; and marriage, families, and intimate relationships.

Renzetti is the founding editor of the international, interdisciplinary journal, Violence Against Women, published monthly by Sage Publications and now in its eighth year of publication. She is also co-editor of the Sage Violence Against Women book series, and editor of the Gender, Crime and Law book series published by Northeastern University Press. She is the author or editor of thirteen books, including the Sourcebook on Violence Against Women (with Jeffrey Edleson and Raquel Bergen, Sage, 2001), Women, Crime and Justice: Contemporary Perspectives (with Lynne Goodstein, Roxbury, 2001), Theories of Crime (2/e, with Daniel J. Curran, Allyn & Bacon, 2001), and Violence Betrayal: Partner Abuse in Lesbian Relationships, the first national study of partner abuse in lesbian relationships (Sage, 1992). She has also published numerous book chapters and journal articles on her research on violence against women.

Renzetti’s current research looks at the violent victimization experiences of women public housing residents. Funded by the American Sociological Association in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, the project specifically examines whether public housing developments characterized by high levels of collective efficacy have lower rates of violent victimization, including victimization at the hands of intimate partners and acquaintances than public housing developments with low levels of collective efficacy. In addition, the project explores factors that may inhibit violent victimization of women in public housing. Data collection for the study includes interviews with 300 women from four large public housing developments in the city of Philadelphia . Data collection is expected to be concluded by February, 2002.

In addition to her research and teaching, Renzetti is President of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociological honors society, and Vice President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. She is active in these two organizations as well as the American Sociological Association, for which she currently serves as a member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and the American Society of Criminology (ASC). She is a former Fulbright Senior Scholar to LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia (1993), and recipient of several awards, including the Major Achievement Award of the Critical Criminology Division of the ASC (1997), the Outstanding Scholar Award of the Women and Crime Division of the ASC (1996), and the Tenglemann Award, the highest award bestowed by Saint Joseph’s University on a faculty member to recognize career achievement in research and teaching (1996).

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